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The Olympics and TV – Everywhere

July 26, 2012

With the opening ceremony only a few days away, it’s been hard to miss the increasing buzz around the start of the Summer Olympic Games. The current buzz only foreshadows the big way in which the Games will burst into America’s consciousness starting tomorrow.  NBCUniversal owns the U.S. rights to carry content from the Games,…

Progress on Basic Tier Encryption

July 25, 2012

In previous posts, we’ve highlighted why the FCC should change its rules and enable cable operators to encrypt the basic service tier (BST) — the tier that includes local broadcast stations and a few other channels. It’s worth remembering how we got here.  When the FCC acted two decades ago to create the current rule…

More Evidence of A Changing Video Marketplace

July 23, 2012

With last week’s release of the 14th Video Competition Report by the FCC, there is no better time for Congress to be conducting hearings about the vibrant video marketplace and to examine whether rules that were established in 1992 still make sense today. During Tuesday’s Senate Commerce hearing – The Cable Act at 20 – we expect to hear much about how the consumer marketplace has bypassed yesterday’s regulatory era.

The Commission’s 14th Report covers the four years from 2007 through 2010, a period that resulted in huge shifts in the video marketplace. Among other things, the 14th Report shows that:

Video competition continued to grow:

  • Cable’s share of the video marketplace fell from 65 percent of subscribers in 2006 to 60 percent in 2010.
  • DirecTV and Dish Network continued their climb, becoming the second and third largest MVPDs with over 19 million and 14 million customers, respectively. The combined share of the two DBS companies equaled 34 percent of subscribers in 2010 (up from 29 percent in 2006).
  • Telco providers served 6.9 million video subscribers, increasing their availability from approximately 4.7 percent of U.S. households in 2006 to 33 percent of U.S. homes in 2010.
  • The FCC found that by the end of 2010 “almost 43 million homes have access to four MVPDs. This [large telco] entry represents a significant increase in competition in the market for the delivery of video programming.”

MVPDs competed both on price and non-price:

  • “Over time, MVPDs have altered their pricing in response to changes in the competitive landscape”, with some offering low introductory or promotional prices as well as “experimenting with both higher-priced and lower-priced video packages.”
  • MVPDs have also adopted various competitive strategies that include “transition to digital service, product differentiation, delivery of video to diverse geographic locations, delivery of video to a variety of in-home or mobile devices, and implementation of marketing tactics.”

And those conclusions came before the most obvious acknowledgement of online video and the competition and options which online services offer. The 14th Report also mentioned “consumers’ rising demands for access to video programming anywhere and anytime,” an acknowledgement that TV Everywhere services are a response to customer demands.

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FCC: Cable Broadband Delivers Outstanding Performance

July 19, 2012

“[C]able [broadband] technology has a daily 24-hour average speed of slightly over 100 percent of advertised rates . . . .” While the above statement may sound like an ad for cable broadband services, it actually comes from the FCC’s most recent report analyzing performance of the largest Internet Service Providers (ISP) in America.  Based…

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What Did You Miss at Cable Show 2012?

July 16, 2012

CEOs, collegiate hackers, a late-night comedian and a federal agency chairman were among the diverse group of participants at The Cable Show 2012, our three-day interactive event which demonstrated how the cable industry is delivering the digital future to consumers.  A packed show floor (and lobster rolls close by) helped make Boston a great place to host the show.

So what did you miss?  You may have already seen some of the videos and our recap of news coverage, but we’ve also just finished compiling stats, facts and highlights for our new end of show report. The takeaways: High-quality attendance, prolific media coverage, exuberant social media conversation and unprecedented diversity in the people and perspectives on stage.

From whiz-kid students turning Imagine Park into their 48-hour home, to leaders in cable, Internet video, wireless, sports and policy circles discussing the latest trends and challenges, the show inspired real dialogue among diverse sectors – and offered participants a unique opportunity to collaborate, connect and contribute.

Some impressive numbers help tell the story:

  • More than 10,000 participants including over 1,000 from 47 countries
  • 286 companies present on the exhibit floor
  • 86 appearances by inventors, strategists, thinkers and developers
  • 5,017 downloads of the mobile app
  • 347 media registrants

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Battling the Bots

July 6, 2012

By now you’ve probably heard about the “DNSChanger” malware, which has been highlighted in the media over the last few days.  Basically, it’s a virus or “bot” that hijacks your computer’s DNS settings to redirect your legitimate traffic to fake sites in order to steal your personal information (such as user names, passwords and credit…

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Industry Vet Retires

July 6, 2012

After 12 years at NCTA, longtime industry veteran, Rex Bullinger, announced his retirement as of June 30, 2012. Last week, NCTA hosted a reception to honor Bullinger where he was presented a Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Lifetime Membership Award, ensuring he will continue to enjoy the benefits of a SCTE membership. Bullinger was…